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Crossbeam and Actiance Partner to Deliver High-Performance Secure Web Gateway to Address Age of Social Networking

March 07, 2011
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BOXBOROUGH, Mass. & BELMONT, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Crossbeam Systems, Inc. and Actiance (formerly FaceTime Communications) today announced a strategic partnership that combines Actiance’s Unified Security Gateway (USG) with Crossbeam’s latest X-Series family of network security platforms. The combined solution will empower large enterprises to easily manage, secure and enforce the compliant use of critical enterprise Web 2.0 applications, social networking, instant messaging and other collaborative tools over their networks.

“Today employees are communicating and sharing information online from many locations, at all hours of the day,” said John Grady, senior research analyst, Security Products and Services, IDC. “This new social landscape has contributed to a massive growth in data traffic volumes that is challenging IT departments to find solutions that can scale to meet these demands while ensuring stringent protection and management oversight – all without having to resort to a simple ‘block everything’ policy. The Crossbeam-Actiance partnership offers a solution for tightly managing Internet-based communication on a consolidated platform that is designed to provision security in high-performance network environments.”

Actiance’s USG is the only secure web gateway to combine feature and content controls of social networks with the monitoring, management and security of Web 2.0 applications. It provides granular control of websites and applications as well as content posted to blogs, wikis, webmail and social networking sites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. With USG, content posted to these social networks can be moderated, monitored and logged – reducing outbound data leakage and enforcing compliance with regulatory and legal discovery, and corporate policy requirements.

“There is an enormous market opportunity for our joint solution, especially within industries such as financial services, where there is a need to ensure regulatory and corporate compliance for all communications,” said Kailash Ambwani, president and CEO of Actiance. “Crossbeam is the de facto standard when it comes to successfully deploying security within large, performance-driven environments, making this partnership a strategic choice for Actiance in meeting our customers’ needs.”

The X-Series allows organizations to consolidate security appliances and related network devices onto a single high-performance chassis, slashing total cost of ownership by as much as 70 percent when compared to other options and approaches on the market today. This enables customers to take full advantage of the security protection and control offered by Actiance on a platform that can easily scale to network demand, while also reducing the cost and complexity of security management.

“Actiance is an important new addition to Crossbeam’s portfolio of best-of-breed security partners, offering a unified compliance and web security platform that provides control over social networking and other real-time communications,” said Michael Ruffolo, president and CEO of Crossbeam. “It is through our partnerships with the industry’s leading security providers that Crossbeam can uniquely offer customers the freedom to deploy security exactly as they require, while also meeting key performance and cost objectives that can support their business.”

The Crossbeam-Actiance solution will be generally available in May 2011. For more information on this partnership, please visit www.crossbeam.com/partners/actiance.

About Actiance

Actiance enables the safe and productive use of Unified Communications, collaboration and Web 2.0, including blogs and social networking sites. Formerly FaceTime Communications, Actiance’s award-winning platforms are used by 9 of the top 10 US banks and more than 1600 organizations globally for the security, management and compliance of unified communications, Web 2.0 and social media channels. Actiance supports all leading social networks, unified communications providers and IM platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter AOL, Google, Yahoo!, Skype, Microsoft, IBM and Cisco

Actiance is headquartered in Belmont, California. For more information, visit http://www.actiance.com or call 888-349-3223.

About Crossbeam

Crossbeam Systems®, Inc. offers a proven approach to deploying network security that meets the extreme performance, scalability and reliability demands of large enterprises, service providers and government agencies. Its leading X-Series security platform offers an open, high-performance architecture that easily provisions and scales multiple best-in-class security applications to meet the ever-changing threat landscape. Companies rely on Crossbeam to intelligently manage risk, accelerate and maintain compliance, and protect their businesses from evolving threats. Crossbeam is headquartered in Boxborough, Mass., and has offices in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. More information is available at www.crossbeam.com.

Crossbeam and Actiance Partner to Deliver High-Performance Secure Web Gateway to Address Age of Social Networking

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